Gardere Litigation Chair Richard Faulk Lends Expertise to Appellate Treatise
10/06/2011

Richard O. Faulk, Chair of the Litigation Department of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, is among the experts who contributed to the Law Journal Press’ recently released “Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts.”

Online PR News – 06-October-2011 – – HOUSTON – Houston lawyer Richard O. Faulk, Chair of the Litigation Department of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, is among the noted appellate attorneys to be chosen as contributing experts to the Law Journal Press’ recently released “Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts.” Mr. Faulk is the author of the core chapter “Writing Appellate Briefs.”

“This is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the subject of appellate practice that I’ve read,” says Mr. Faulk. “It is an honor to have been asked to be included in this project.”

“Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts” is a comprehensive guide to the appellate process for veteran practitioners and law students alike. In addition to Mr. Faulk’s chapter on preparing persuasive appellate briefs, among the topics covered are the decision to appeal; preserving issues for appeal; standards of review; standing to appeal; timely filing; how courts view the “Record on Appeal”; appellate motion practice; using amicus briefs effectively; preparing oral arguments; post-appeal proceedings; review by courts of last resort; the use of information technology in appellate courts; and how to develop and market an appellate practice.

“The editors could not have found a more ideal attorney to tackle the section on writing briefs,” says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. “Richard’s work before state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, has been outstanding – in no small part due to his preparation process, which is extremely comprehensive.”

Mr. Faulk, who was the only environmental attorney included in the Texas Super Lawyers 2011 Top 100 Lawyers in Houston listing, is the Chair of Gardere’s Environmental Practice Group and Climate Change Task Force. He has been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law” by Chambers USA for his “expertise in all types of environmental litigation, and in particular for his experience in toxic tort litigation.”

He is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute, the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. Mr. Faulk is a prolific author who has earned two “Burton Awards” for excellence in legal writing and is a frequent speaker on emerging liability, evidentiary and procedural issues, particularly those affected by climate change and environmental concerns.

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm founded in 1909 and one of the Southwest's largest full-service law firms, has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Mexico City. Gardere provides legal services to private and public companies and individuals in areas of corporate, energy, environmental, financial services, government affairs, hospitality, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and tax.